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Napalm Death Time Waits For No Slave


01. Strong-Arm 02. Diktat 03. Work To Rule 04. On The Brink Of Extinction 05. Time Waits For No Slave 06. Life And Limb 07. Downbeat Clique 08. Fallacy Dominion 09. Passive Tense 10. Larceny Of The Heart 11. Procrastination On The Empty Vessel 12. Feeling Redundant 13. A No-Sided Argument 14. De-Evolution Ad Nauseum
2009 Century Media Records
Our score 9

3/17/2009

It defies all music business logic that Napalm Death still exists and continues to create vicious and challenging music. That this band persevered across nearly three decades is a feat so few bands of any genre achieve. There's a reason they lasted while so many fell by the grind/death metal wayside: they knew how to evolve. From the incipient ugly speed-of-light blasts of 1987's Scum to the intricate metal mash-up of 2006's Smear Campaign, Napalm Death helped invent and continue to perfect extreme metal. Granted, they experienced a few missteps (much of their 90s output); yet those never permanently derailed their progress. Time Waits For No Slave maintains the course set on the band's previous three releases (many hailing 2000's Enemy of the Music Business as their comeback). The songs are mostly three to four minute epics of churning metal, galloping grind, D-beat onslaughts and 80s thrash. It isn't so different from anything off the last few records, yet the band sounds tighter, more focused and somehow angrier. Though this punk-metal-grind hybrid has become au courant, Napalm Death still produce something so much fiercer and sinister than the younger bands. While some bemoan the band's decision to not replace deceased second guitarist Jesse Pintado, Mitch Harris provides enough licks to cover the lack of another guitar. His riffs in "Diktat" and "Time Waits For No Slave" are timeless metal magic, up there with anything Trey Azagoth, Erik Rutan or Chuck Schuldiner ever delivered to wax. He may evade the limelight afforded his peers given his reluctance to spew out traditional solos; yet his understated performances speak for themselves. Metal often overlooks the rhythm section, and this is a shame since it is as crucial as the guitars and vocals. Long-running bassist Shane Embury wrote much of the music, while drummer Danny Herrera continues to impress with his accomplished and tasteful performances. His diverse and carefully nuanced playing gives the songs additional depth. He can blast as fast as any kid behind the kit donning a Siege T-shirt and groove like a jazz drummer. The seamless transitions between the early Anthrax rhythms and slow chugging sections of "On the Brink of Extinction" and other songs offer ample examples of Herrera's immense talent. Some of the songs include a concession for melody, mostly in a more subdued shouting in the "chorus." Guitars also ease up on the harsh riffing for melodious passages, as in "Life and Limb," "Passive Tense" and the title track. This gives the material room to breathe. It also lends additional impact to the faster and heavier sections. After 20 years of shredding his larynx, Mark "Barney" Greenway still sounds as commanding and formidable as he did on 1990's Harmony Corruption. As usual, his lyrics are as rabid as his band's music. He castigates the powers that be for corrupting society and the planet. There are fingers pointed at the everyday man for his complaisance and compliance with the oppressive powers, the "honored cattle-class turning fattened heads" and the "domesticated drone." Amidst the standard vituperations, there's a critique of hapless radicalism, the "radical actor" with his "radical slip into social structure" and "threatening alliance with the norm." He sums up the problem: "We don't believe much in ourselves." Yet through thick and thin, Napalm Death believed in itself. They invented grind and reinvented it throughout their career. Time Waits For No Slave is as essential a record as any in the band's vast repertoire. Bottom Line: You know what you're getting into with Napalm Death: exceptionally executed grind/death metal. Time Waits For No Slave demonstrates a band at the height of its powers. Typical metal record review nomenclature like "brutal" and "punishing" don't do this record justice.

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Funky_buttlovin'_ 3/17/2009 4:13:22 PM

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Andrew_ 3/17/2009 4:42:49 PM

Quite simply the greatest heavy band on the planet..like a great wine Napalm get better with time.. note to self,I must see them on this tour!!!


zzz_ 3/17/2009 5:37:35 PM

"Typical metal record review nomenclature like "brutal" and "punishing" don't do this record justice." Very well put, indeed... This album will destroy you.


phillips caplets_ 3/17/2009 5:41:16 PM

wow, well written review for a great album. nice work, lambgoat.


Nowonmai_ 3/17/2009 5:52:56 PM

they really do still slay live, so far I'm thoroughly enjoying this album, great review.


Devin_ 3/17/2009 5:55:08 PM

ND's 90s output is great, too. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly agree with this entire review.


youaresceneasfuck_ 3/17/2009 6:49:38 PM

who the piss is casey boland?


Antikrist_ 3/17/2009 9:00:17 PM

Great album.


Rob P_ 3/17/2009 9:50:29 PM

Well done, Casey. A better review than I coulda pulled off. Either way. I expect this album will top my list at the end of '09. ND continue to deliver.


Godfather_ 3/17/2009 9:54:01 PM

THESE HERE CHAPS ALWAYS BRINGING THE CRUMPETS TO THE TEA TIME PARTY, GREAT ALBUM INNIT?


shodan_ 3/17/2009 10:44:25 PM

Great review for an amazing album. It is nearly inconceivable that they have not started to slip in quality yet after all this time.


cantfakethepunk_ 3/17/2009 11:16:17 PM

Amazing record. Also, I will suck a lot of dck.


municipalgayste_ 3/17/2009 11:48:08 PM

this album f*cking shreds, period, this is my favorite napalm death album to date, as each one they release, save one or two, becomes my new favorite, this one is no exception, the bass on this mix is heavier than ever and leaks through perfectly making this have an almost sweedish crusty feel to the rifgaye and i love it


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robot_wheelchair_ 3/18/2009 4:38:53 PM

Solid album. Well reviewed


xecksx_ 3/18/2009 5:28:48 PM

this was a tasteful review. good job. i might check this release out.


jarith_ 3/20/2009 4:02:30 AM

some more lambgoat suckin this bands dck


DaveClinch_ 3/20/2009 7:36:19 AM

I agree 100 % regarding reviewers Mitch Harris comments. Insanely underrated. Well done Casey.


thisguysanidiot_ 3/20/2009 7:47:32 AM

who the piss is casey boland?<-------------Obviously a reviewer.


blackpower_ 3/21/2009 12:43:35 AM

Napalm Death > everything else on Lambgoat. This should have been a 10.


Godfather_ 3/21/2009 1:42:04 PM

Great album, Great band, Great review.